Quezon City aids displaced flower vendors

The Quezon City government allowed 18 flower vendors displaced by road clearing operations to sell their wares in a city-owned cemetery.

The local government said the vendors were given vending sites near the Bagbag public cemetery to help them cope with COVID-19. Under a DILG memorandum circular, sidewalk vendors are categorized as road obstructions.

QC’s Market Development and Administration Department head Procopio Lipana said, “We allowed some of the vendors to sell flowers in an area where it’s safer and there would not be road obstructions.”

Last year, Mayor Joy Belmonte said they would ease the enforcement of clearing operations against ambulant vendors while looking for alternative spaces for them to operate.

Belmonte said, “In Quezon City, we still allow our vendors to sell in some areas…We understand their situation, especially with the pandemic. We are doing this for humanitarian and economic reasons.”

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